Best Mobile Processor Ranking List 2019

The processor or the SOC is unarguably one of the most critical components of a mobile device. The performance of the processor directly correlates with the phone’s speed and user experience.

A smartphone with a fast processor will open all your favorite apps in a blink of an eye, and your tasks will be done in no time. But a phone with a weak processor will result in bad user experience and may cause issues such as overheating and lagging. The SOC also becomes the major of the phone if you’re into mobile gaming.

To test and rank processors, Tech Centurion has developed Centurion Mark which evaluates the performance of a processor.

Centurion Mark is a lot more than just raw benchmark. We also take the real-world performance into account while ranking the SOCs.

Centurion Mark not only considers the raw benchmarks but also takes real-world performance into account. This not only makes it highly accurate, but it makes it easy for consumers to understand a phone’s performance without going much into technical details.

As of September 2019, the best mobile processor is Apple A13 Bionic which powers the iPhone 11 Lineup. Among Android devices, the Snapdragon 855+ is currently the best processor followed by Kirin 990 5G, Snapdragon 855, Kirin 990 4G & Exynos 9825. The HiSilicon Kirin 980 is the 9th best chipset for Android devices after the Exynos 9820.

    Best Mobile Processor List

Here’s the list of Top 15 Smartphone Processors.

Top Mobile Processors September 2019

Here’s the table that has the ranking of all the processors alongside the Centurion Mark.

RankProcessor NamePhoneCenturion Mark
#1Apple A13 BioniciPhone 11 Pro Max152*
#2Apple A12 BioniciPhone XS Max146
#3Snapdragon 855+Asus ROG Phone II145
#4Snapdragon 855OnePlus 7 Pro144
#5Kirin 990 5G144*
#6Kirin 990 4G143*
#7Exynos 9825Galaxy Note 10142
#8Exynos 9820Samsung Galaxy S10 (Global Variant)140
#9Kirin 980Huawei Mate 20 Pro137
#10Apple A11 BioniciPhone X130
#11Snapdragon 845OnePlus 6T127
#12Exynos 9810Samsung Galaxy Note 9125
#13Snapdragon 730GOppo Reno 2124
#14Kirin 810Honor 9X124
#15Snapdragon 730Redmi K20123
#16Kirin 970Huawei Mate 10 Pro121
#17Helio G90TRedmi Note 8 Pro119
#18Apple A10 FusioniPhone 7 Plus118
#19Helio G90118*
#20Snapdragon 835Google Pixel 2 XL117
#21Exynos 8895Samsung Galaxy S8+114
#22Snapdragon 712Vivo Z5114
#23Snapdragon 710Xiaomi Mi 8 SE113
#24Snapdragon 675Redmi Note 7 Pro112
#25Snapdragon 670Oppo R17111
#26Helio P90OPPO Reno Z110
#27Helio X30Meizu Pro 7 Plus109
#28Apple A9iPhone 6S Plus109
#29Snapdragon 821OnePlus 3T108
#30Snapdragon 820LG G5107
#31Exynos 8890Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge106
#32Kirin 960Huawei Mate 9 Pro103
#33Exynos 9610Samsung A50102
#34Helio P65Vivo S1102
#35Snapdragon 660Xiaomi Mi A2101
#36Exynos 9609Moto One Vision101
#37Snapdragon 665Redmi Note 8100
#38Helio P70 Realme U199
#39Helio P60Realme 198
#40Exynos 7885Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)98
#41Kirin 710Huawei Honor 8X98
#42Snapdragon 636Nokia X697
#43Exynos 7904Galaxy M2096
#44Snapdragon 632Meizu Note 892
#45Kirin 955Huawei Honor V889
#46Snapdragon 630Motorola Moto X488
#47Kirin 950Huawei Mate 888
#48Exynos 7872Meizu M6s87
#49Helio X27UMIDIGI Z Pro85
#50Exynos 7420Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge81
#51Helio P35Infinix Note 681
#52Snapdragon 810OnePlus 280
#53Helio P30Gionee M780
#54Helio X23 Lenovo K8 Note79
#55Helio P23OPPO F579
#56Helio X25Meizu Pro 677
#57Exynos 7880Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)77
#58Helio X20Sharp Z275
#59Helio P25 Gionee A1 Plus75
#60Snapdragon 653Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro74
#61Helio P20Sony Xperia XA174
#62Apple A8iPhone 6 Plus74
#63Snapdragon 626Motorola Moto Z2 Play72
#64Snapdragon 625Xiaomi Mi A171
#65Kirin 659Huawei Honor 7X71
#66Kirin 658Huawei P10 Lite71
#67Snapdragon 650Redmi Note 3 Pro70
#68Kirin 655Huawei Honor 6X70
#69Kirin 650Huawei Honor 5C70
#70Snapdragon 439Vivo Y9369
#71Helio P22 Xiaomi Redmi 669
#72Snapdragon 652Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro69
#73Snapdragon 450Motorola Moto G669
#74Snapdragon 808Nexus 5X68
#75Exynos 7870Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)67
#76Helio A22Xiaomi Redmi 6A66
#77Kirin 935Huawei Honor 766
#78Kirin 930Huawei P865
#79Apple A7iPhone 5s65
#80Snapdragon 429Nokia 3.265
#81Exynos 5433Samsung Galaxy Note 461
#82Helio P18Nokia 5.161
#83Helio P10 ZTE Nubia N159
#84Snapdragon 435Moto E5 Plus59
#85Helio X10HTC One E959
#86Exynos 7580Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)58
#87Snapdragon 430Xiaomi Redmi 3s57
#88Snapdragon 617Motorola Moto G4 Plus55
#89Exynos 7570Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime53
#90Snapdragon 616Huawei Honor 7i52
#91Snapdragon 615Lenovo Vibe P151
#92MT6750TOppo F351
#93Snapdragon 427Moto G6 Play50
#94MT6739HTC Desire 1250
#95Snapdragon 425Nokia 2.149
#96MT6738Alcatel A30 Fierce49
#97MT6753Lenovo K4 Note49
#98MT6752Lenovo K3 Note48
#99MT6750Oppo F1s48
#100Snapdragon 415Lenovo Vibe K547
#101Kirin 620Huawei P8 Lite47
#102Snapdragon 412BQ Aquaris X546
#103MT6737TSamsung Galaxy J2 Prime46
#104Snapdragon 410Xiaomi Redmi 245
#105MT6737Moto E4 Plus45
#106MT6735Meizu M242
#107MT6732Acer Liquid Jade Z41

*The performance of processors marked with a star is estimated based on their specification, and the knowledge gained during the testing of previous-gen processors. These scores may change once we have tested phones based on these SOCs.

How to make use of this data?

Processors having the same or a close score can be considered as equivalent or similar in performance. This data can help you to determine which processor from a particular brand (Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung Exynos, Huawei HiSilicon, MediaTek, and Apple) is equivalent or comparable to the other.

Above 110

The processors that scored above 110 is Centurion Mark deliver excellent performance in Gaming as well as Heavy usage. Selecting a phone with a processor from this category is highly recommended for the best user experience.

Between 85-110

High performance is General use as well as gaming. If you’re buying a mid-range phone, then you should target this range.

Between 65-85

In this range, performance is just above average. But you’re unlikely to observe any lags or any other significant issues. But some older chips like Snapdragon 810 having poor thermal performance might also fall into this category. If you have a low budget, try to get a phone that fits in this category.

Between 55-65

The general performance of these chips is below average, but it is acceptable in the lower end phones. These can suffer from occasional lags as well as throttling issues.

Below 55

The performance of these chips is below par, and you should avoid them unless you’re buying an extremely cheap phone with a budget lower than $100.

    Snapdragon 855 vs A12 Bionic vs Kirin 980 vs Exynos 9820

I understand that a single-digit score doesn’t tell the whole story. Therefore, here’s a detailed ranking of the current generation flagship SOCs in different aspects.

CPU Performance
  1. Apple A12 Bionic
  2. Exynos 9820
  3. Snapdragon 855
  4. Kirin 980

In Single-Threaded CPU performance, A12 Bionic is far ahead of the rest of the chips. But in Multi-Core test, the performance of all the four CPUs is quite similar.

GPU Performance
  1. Apple A12 Bionic
  2. Snapdragon 855
  3. Exynos 9820
  4. Kirin 980

Apple’s A12 Bionic continues to dominate the GPU performance while Snapdragon 855 is not far behind. However, both Exynos 9820 and Kirin 980 are quite behind. Even with the GPU Turbo Mode, Huawei’s Kirin 980 has the worst Gaming Performance in this list.

AI Performance
  1. Snapdragon 855
  2. Apple A12 Bionic
  3. Kirin 980
  4. Exynos 9820

In AI-related computation, Snapdragon 855 takes the crown followed by A12 Bionic. Huawei has talked a lot about the Dual NPU of Kirin 980. But sadly, it isn’t as impressive as they say.

Fabrication Node
  1. Apple A12 Bionic, Snapdragon 855, Kirin 980 
  2. Exynos 9820

A12 Bionic, Snapdragon 855, and Kirin 980 are fabricated using TSMC’s 7nm FinFET Process. While Exynos 9820 is manufactured using Samsung’s 8nm Process. TSMC’s 7nm Process has higher transistor density as compared to Samsung’s 8nm Process as you can see in this article.

Modem
  1. Snapdragon 855
  2. Exynos 9820
  3. Kirin 980
  4. Apple A12 Bionic

The above rankings depend on Networking Technologies, Internet Speeds, and Features. Though none of the chips have an Integrated 5G Modem, an external 5G Modem can be added on SD855, Exynos 9820, and Kirin 980.

User Experience
  1. Apple A12 Bionic
  2. Snapdragon 855
  3. Kirin 980
  4. Exynos 9820

The day-to-day usage experience is great and pretty close for all the four SOCs.

    Centurion Mark and its Significance

We not only test the raw performance but also check whether it is as good as per its specification. When a processor suffers from throttling/overheating on extended usage or lags frequently during general use or gaming, we deduct its score. But when a processor performs better than expected, we increase its score.

Adding the User Experience section is essential to prevent the high dependency on the raw performance scores. The scores are unbiased, and we do not favor any particular brand or processor. We also do not accept sponsored reviews by smartphone manufacturers.

Centurion Mark

By giving almost the equal weight to the Real-World Performance as the Raw score, Centurion Mark is one of the most accurate ways to judge the performance of a SOC. Here are some of the significant factors that influence the Centurion Mark.

Parameters that Influence Centurion Mark

There are more than 20 parameters on which we judge a processor’s performance. But the most significant ones are:

  • User Experience
  • Real-World Performance
  • Raw CPU Performance
  • Raw GPU Performance
  • Features and Technologies Present

Things to Note

Processors made by Apple run on a completely different OS and the full details of the SOC is never released by Apple. So, there is no way to know whether an Apple Processor will perform that well when running the Android OS. Thus, even though the raw performance of an Apple’s chip seems unbelievably good, there’s no way to know if its actually because iOS is well-optimized or the SOC is way too powerful. That’s why the Centurion Mark of Apple Processors is determined in a slightly different way and there’s a possibility of an error between 0 to 5 points. But still, it is worth noting that Apple Processors are ‘top-notch’ and the A12 Bionic is the best mobile processor as of now.

Because we determine Centurion Mark based on over 20 different parameters, one SOC with a better CPU but a weaker GPU can have the same Centurion Mark as another SOC with a weaker CPU but a better GPU. Thus, make sure to look at our GPU Benchmarks to find out which SOC has a better Graphics Processor. You are also free to ask any questions in the comment section or message us on our social media pages.

Custom UIs or skins may also affect the user experience of a device. UIs such as Samsung Experience, MIUI, and EMUI may improve or degrade the experience when compared to Stock Android. We do not take this factor into consideration. You can always flash a Custom ROM to improve the experience.

These scores may change whenever we change our algorithm and benchmarking technique.

    Best Processors in Each Price Segment

This list contains the best processors in each price segment. Depending on your budget, try to get a phone with one of the best processors available.

Flagship

Best Flagship Processors

High-End

High-End Processors

Mid-Range

Top Mid-Range Processors

Budget

Best Budget Processors

    Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Which is the best chipset?
Answer: Apple A12 Bionic is currently the best Mobile Chipset. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ comes next, and it is followed by Snapdragon 855 and Exynos 9825. Next, we have the Exynos 980 and HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipsets.

Question: Which is the best processor for smartphones?
Answer: For Apple iPhones, A12 Bionic is the best processor, and for Android smartphones, Snapdragon 855 is the best processor. While both these Processors have exceptional gaming and Multi-Threaded Performance, the A12 Bionic leads in Single-Core Performance.

Question: What is the fastest smartphone?
Answer: iPhone XS Max is the fastest phone in the world while the Asus ROG Phone II and OnePlus 7 Pro come second and third respectively.

Question: Which is better processor Kirin or snapdragon?
Answer: Processors from both Kirin and Snapdragon are excellent, but if we compare their top Processors, the Snapdragon 855+ outperforms Kirin 980 by a significant margin. The major performance difference is because most Snapdragon chips have a better GPU compared to that of Kirin.

Question: Which mobile processor is best in 2019?
Answer: The Apple A12 Bionic that was launched in 2018 is still the fastest processor in 2019. Very soon, it will be replaced by Apple’s A13 Processor that will be fabricated using TSMC’s 7nm+ EUV Technology.

Question: Which chipset is best MediaTek or snapdragon?
Answer: Most of the top Snapdragon processors outperform their MediaTek alternatives, and so does their flagship chipsets. The Snapdragon 855+ is miles better than MediaTek Helio G90T. A huge contributing factor to this difference is that Qualcomm’s Adreno GPUs are comparatively better than that of MediaTek Mali GPUs.

    Final Words

I hope this list helps anyone looking to purchase a new smartphone. I’ll constantly be updating the list of best mobile processors as new devices launch. If you have questions on why a particular SOC is better, feel free to ask in the comments. I’ll get back to you as early as possible.

How much priority should you give to Centurion Mark?

Centurion Mark covers three significant aspects of a phone: General Performance, User Experience, and Gaming. A general consumer should give the highest priority to Centurion Mark, followed by the factor that matters the most to you (Camera/Battery/Design/UI).

An in-depth review of a particular smartphone will always give a better idea than just benchmarks. So, you shouldn’t only consider the Centurion Mark to judge a phone. It’s not always about choosing a phone with the best mobile processor, but the one that fulfills all your needs.




47 thoughts on “Best Mobile Processor Ranking List 2019”

  1. Nice info, sir. Well laid-out, excellent comparison chart and suggestions. I really appreciate it, as I think buying a midrange cpu like the A8star, with the Snapdragon 660 is all I am going to need, given that I so not game. I just want smooth performance, video play, and no lag after a year or two. I can get the A8star in Korea for almost free, with credit card agreement. The only negative is A8star has just 4gb of ram in Korea. Maybe I don’t need to spend for a top-tier phone, anymore. Your info has helped me see that.. Take care!

    • On the basis of the performance improvement over SD710 (100 MHz CPU Clock Speed boost and some other minor changes), we have estimated its score to be 114. Once, we test an SD712 smartphone, we will revise its score. It could even reach 115 if the performance improvement is higher than what we are expecting right now.

      • you can say that again
        but I heard SD712 GPU will up to 550mhz(SD710 was 500 mhz)
        if that is true. i think SD712 should be 115 point
        but if SD712 just CPU 2.2Ghz to 2.3Ghz
        and QC4 to QC4+
        than i think SD712 still be 114 point

        i think this ranking is 99% correct

        thank you

    • CPU Performance of Snapdragon 710 & Helio P90 could be similar due to the same Cortex-A75 Architecture underneath and having the same clock speeds. But Snapdragon 710 will gain an edge in extended performance and power efficiency due to 10nm Fabrication Process. The TSMC’s 12nm Node on which Helio P90 is fabricated is nowhere near to that of Samsung’s 10nm Node. You can read more about it here.
      It’s good to speculate but there are over 20 different parameters on which Centurion Mark is calculated. Some of those factors are calculated automatically by our algorithm and some are calculated manually. Sometimes good specification doesn’t translate into good real-world performance and some times it even exceeds our expectations.

      • compare the score for iphone SE with apple a9 with snapdragon 835 as iphone SE has a very low resolution display so what will be the score for cpu or gpu in IPHONE se plz reply sir

        • Snapdragon 835 will still have an edge over Apple’s A9 chip in overall performance. In Gaming and other GPU intensive tasks, the performance of both will be quite similar.

  2. Here is my questions (about snapdragon 845) =
    İs snapdragon 845 good for gaming?
    which popular game lag on snapdragon 845?
    is snapdragon 845 be high-end processor soon?
    Thank you!

    • Snapdragon 845 is one of the best SOC for Android devices in terms of gaming. The only better SOC is Snapdragon 855.
      Almost every major game can be played on Snapdragon 845 without lags. But one exception would be Fortnite but it has more to do with some optimization issues rather than the capabilities of the phone itself.
      Buying an SD845 based device for Gaming on your phone would be a great decision!

  3. Hi it’s me again! i have an few question about new processor
    Snapdragon 735 is coming soon if it came out will you update the list?
    And will it pass snapdragon 845?
    Thanks!

    • I just had a look at the leaked specification and it seems better than Snapdragon 845 in overall performance and could score somewhere around 130. However, Snapdragon 845 is still likely to have a superior GPU.

  4. Excellent article! Keep up the great work!
    I have one question though
    # Centurion Mark and its Significance
    When a processor suffers from throttling/overheating on extended usage or lags frequently during general use or gaming, we deduct its score.
    – That sounds fair if all SoCs are tested under the same hood. But mobile design / environment might affect the device overall heating – are those considering during testing?

    • Yes, mobile design can definitely affect heating. We only deduct scores only when a SOC shows signs of overheating in multiple phones. You can consider the Snapdragon 810 as an example. Almost every single SD810 device suffered from the same issue and that is why it is far below its expected score.
      Such issues were more common a couple of years back but now thanks to the 14nm/10nm/7nm FinFET Nodes, most of the new SOCs don’t suffer from overheating.

    • Samsung has provided no information on the Exynos 7884 SOC and I don’t have the Samsung Galaxy A20 either. By going through some of the online benchmarks, it seems that Snapdragon 632 has a slight edge over the Exynos 7884.

      • Sir, im going to get a new smartphone, can you give me an advice : – should i buy Galaxy S10 Plus 12Gb Ram 1TB Rom Exynos chip version or Iphone 8Plus256gb ? (i love Snapdragon855 but live in Vietnam i cannot get it, and i use for work and Pubg mobile).
        – Or i should wait and try to get 855SD chip version later? Cuz i hear about galaxys10plus Exynos chip are really really bad on gaming and Pubgmobile (i saw many reviews in Youtube told its bad. And – According to you sir, is it bad for gaming and worse vs SD855 version?). Thanks for reading my confuse bad English

        • The Exynos variant isn’t actually bad for gaming but if compared to the Snapdragon 855, its GPU is not that great. You can check in our GPU rankings that Adreno 640 is superior to Mali-G76 MP12. Both the iPhone 8 Plus and S10 Plus (SD855 Variant) will be an excellent choice for gaming but I’ll prefer S10 Plus because of the better display.
          Have you checked out the OnePlus 7 Pro? It is also a great device for gaming.

      • Taiwan has galaxy A20

        exynos 7884
        CPU 2*1.6+6*1.35
        GPU mail G51

        on CPU exynos 7884 draw with P22
        but GPU could kick out P22

  5. Hi sir, may I know why kirin 970 is ranked better than exynos 8895. Is it because of the neural processing unit?

    Huawei has launched kirin 810. Could you rank it in the list? Pls reply. Thanks!

    • The raw CPU performance of both the SOCs is comparable but Kirin 970 has a better GPU, Neural Processing Unit, Quad-Channel Memory Support, Dual VoLTE support, and some other features.
      Yes, I’ll soon be updating the list with Kirin 810 and other new SOCs.

  6. If the same SOC perform different scores on different OEM product, How do you evaluate the final score and products?
    Thanks.

    • In most of the cases, the performance of SOCs on different OEM products is quite similar so we simply take the average of all the scores. We have plans to make a ranking system of smartphones in the future as sometimes OEMs use underclocked SOCs and some phones don’t perform as well as they are expected to.

  7. Why do Snapdragon 730 and 730g is better than kirin 810, kirin 970 in centurian marking ?
    I also want to know which one (from given above) has better GPU performance ? The GPU marking is not updated yet. Please Reply.

    • Snapdragon 730 & 730G use Kryo 470 Cores which are based on ARM’s Cortex-A76 Cores which are superior to Cortex-A73 cores in Kirin 970. SD730 & 730G have better power efficiency due to Samsung’s 8nm Node compared to TSMC’s 10nm Node in Kirin 970.
      Kirin 810 is on par (and slightly better in some scenarios) with Snapdragon 730 on both CPU & GPU performance and it is better in power efficiency. It seems like we have made an error during calculating its score and we will be updating the results soon.

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